Photos: Man United’s Matteo Darmian arrives at training in Italy

by Tanveer Arayan


Matteo Darmian has been pictured training with the Italian national side after receiving a recall from Giampiero Ventura.

The Azzurri will take on a Spain side containing David De Gea and Ander Herrera on Thursday before travelling to Macedonia for their second World Cup qualifier.

Darmian was excluded from Ventura’s first Italy squad back in late August, but will get a chance to impress the former Torino boss this week.

The 26-year-old was seen working hard with the Italian squad during a training session in Turin.

It seems as if Darmian, a seemingly undroppable, indispensable asset upon his arrival at Old Trafford, has descended into anonymity under Jose Mourinho.

Recent games against Northampton Town and Zorya Luhansk presented Mourinho with a chance to field various fringe players. A perfect opportunity, therefore, for Darmian to shine. But it was the 18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah who received a chance to stake a claim at right-back, leaving the Italian to ponder over his status at Manchester United, perhaps wondering if a regular starting place for a Serie A side would be preferable to being a third choice right-back in England.

Such a situation is, one might suspect, not much fun. But a recall to the national side gives Darmian an opportunity to take his mind off his sticky situation at Man United, whilst also allowing the right-back to demonstrate his worth to Mourinho ahead of the clash with Liverpool at Anfield on October 17.

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